ISIS Khorasan branch new leader is Pak-based Haqqani Network terrorist: Afghan minister
Exposing links between Haqqani network and Taliban, Afghanistan acting interior minister Masoud Andrabi stated that the new leader of ISIS Khorasan branch, Shahab Almahajir, is a Pakistan-based Haqqani Network terrorist.
Taking to Twitter, Andrabi has alleged that the two terror groups carry out terrorism on a daily basis across Afghanistan and when their terrorist activities do not suit them politically they rebrand it under ISKP.
“Shahab Almahajir, the newly appointed leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province-ISKP is a Haqqani member. Haqqani and the Taliban carry out their terrorism on a daily basis across Afghanistan and when their terrorist activities do not suit them politically they rebrand it under ISKP,” he wrote.
In May, former Afghan intelligence chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, had warned that Pakistan-based Haqqani Network is “backing” proscribed terror groups in planning a ‘9/11 style’ attack in the West.
The US has accused Pakistan of maintaining a strong working relationship with the Haqqani Network.
A UN report has estimated that 6,000-6,500 Pakistani terrorists are in neighboring Afghanistan, posing a threat to both the countries.